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Micro USB? Ugh. Also that output (both power, and bitrate) look really crappy too. Not sure what the market for this thing is.
The market is for Uganda scammers and south China fish market janitors.
Most products marketed and sold as "gaming" products are a scam designed to take advantage of younger, less tech savvy gamers, who imagine there is such a thing as gaming hard drives, gaming headphones, gaming chairs, gaming floor mats, etc. In reality these things are regular items, or they can be LOWER quality than non-gaming items, but they include the promise "dominate your games! / Be a PRO gamer!", so kids buy them and get sad.
I happen to have one that I got as a gift after considering it, and then going with a good product instead.
The only market for this is for e-sports teams. If you are not playing on an e-sports team, and you want the other features, get the 1000, not the 1200. BTW the only "other features" that this offers which other products like it do not, are the virtual surround. That's IT. And there are many sacrifices you will make to get that with this device. I will say after testing it in quite a few games that *sometimes* it is very good. The rest of the time it is either "meh" or so totally odd and strange and unhelpful that it harms the experience. The actual use case is to flip on the surround for brief moments when you need to increase the directional perception of things like footsteps. It does this pretty well.
The touch controls are awful. The profiles get reset for no reason. If your fingers aren't tiny, you will probably hit one of the profile changing buttons when you try to adjust the volume. There are lights all over it, but none on the jacks in the rear (where it would def. help if you are trying to plug something in without unplugging everything else). On top of that, it cannot power many decent headphones that, if you shop on drop, you probably have.
There is a GREAT reason for dac/amps to have the output on the front. Sennheiser knows better, they know this is garbage and they are doing what they can to try and sell of the remaining lot of this crap.
It DOES live up to the name though, assuming EPOS stands for "Electronic Piece of S***"
Anyhow, in my opinion, that is the market for this device. e-sports *team* players. I can't imagine another use case that makes any sense to me.
(All just my opinions, feel free to have your own!)
ngl, gaming chairs are comfy lol
and there’s some point to gaming mice since there aren’t many nice mice that aren’t “gaming”, but yeah, it’s mostly a meh product with an extra feature or two for way too much
Gaming chairs are just ergonomic desk chairs, and they are definitely comfy! My wife, a resource management nurse and not a gamer, has used them for years, as well as a "gaming" mouse and keyboard, which is just a regular mouse + a couple RGB lights and fast polling rates, and a regular keyboard with RGB backlight and onboard profiles.
The only problem I see with labeling things 'gaming' is that most of the time there is no real added value, but there is added cost that takes advantage of the average non tech-savvy gamer. The value is presumably in the edgy images on the box, or the promises of "dominating your opponents". Or maybe the gaming benefits come from all the RGB everywhere.
Esports is a plague. Esports is just the corproate gaming and hardware worlds taking over community organized gaming events, competitions, and leagues and trying to turn it all into yet another $$$$ pro sport. It's disgusting, the influencers and brand managers are gross, and esports people are obnoxious and often toxic af. Not my favorite devlopment in the gaming world, and I've been gaming 37 years lol.
I’ve got a gaming chair (from Drop actually 😅), hoping to look more “streaming ready.” It’s been fine for the past few years, but the lumbar pillow seemed too thick for good posture, and the seat makes me sore if I put in 5 hours on it through the day. I actually broke my arm January last year, and I was supposed to sleep mostly upright, so I tried to use the gamer chair as a recliner... did keep me from rolling off, but I couldn’t even nap in it 😅
Overall I’d say it was an upgrade over my $50-$100 office chair I inherited from my house before college, but years later now I’m wishing I had a real recliner in the living room, and a more premium office chair like a Steelcase or Herman Miller.
@PurpleTurple the HD 6xx sounds a bit strained through my GSX 1000, but the HD 58X Jubilee and PC37X sound great! I haven’t tried, but I imagine the DT 1770 would too, or that Koss gaming headset. I like that there’s two levels of surround processing strength (and off), it’s one of the best surround DSPs for first person games like Call of Duty, Overwatch, or Borderlands, but for some reason turning it on while watching YouTube talking heads sounds overly echoey 🤷♂️ The Mic monitoring/sidetone feature is lag-free, which makes it actually useful and not distracting to keep talking over.
Just adding my experience with it.
Watch out for Steelcase. Over the last 10 years my wife and I have worked at home most of the time, and so we've searched and searched for ergonomic desks, chairs, peripherals. We spent nearly $800 on an ergonomic Steelcase chair that wound up being worse than either of the $400 "Vertagear" gaming chairs we bought later. The gaming chairs have lasted us over 5 years so far, and there are many days when I use my chair for at least 10+ hours. We settled on Uplift motorized desks, Vertagear (and soon an Aeron) chairs, logitech g503 gaming mouses, logitech g513 keyboards, a razer huntsman analog v2, and neck braces for both my wife and I. 😁
I used to be an ergonomics assessor for my last company. Spent 10 years building and supporting systems, as well as supporting ergonomic workstations.
I was looking at a Leap v2 which Steelcase did you try? The HM Aeron looks very good quality, but it seems to be less adjustable or forgiving than the Leap.
I started working from home in 2017, it’s a work in progress but I prefer it... though sometimes I don’t feel like I have anyone to turn to for help if I’m stressing out about a project or getting anxious about my quality being “good enough,” you know? Moved to my first house last month, I think I like my new dedicated home office! I went with an unusual desk setup where my side table can also be a video station, just finished painting a wall as a backdrop and I’ve got some softbox LED lights arriving in the mail today!
We got the Steelcase Series One in 2020. We got it to try to solve major ergo issues my wife is having. She's also an MS sufferer, so being able to tell the difference between ergo issues and MS flare-ups is extremely important. I'm looking at that Leap v2 you mentioned right now - looks nice and seems cheaper than ours. Steelcase has a good reputation, and that's why we went with them, but right now we have a $700 "spare chair" in our house because that chair has CAUSED ergo issues. It didn't make upper back/arm/neck problems worse, but it introduced thigh/back of leg pain and pressure.
Check out Uplift desks. They make awesome motorized desks and attachments, accessories, etc. The only prob with Uplift is price. They are steep, but very good quality and function.
Watch the sticky-backed tape LEDs!!! They are made with strong adhesive and will strip the paint off walls and windowsills! I've also had some, lol, experience with that. My wife has worked at home for 8 years, and I've worked at home on/off for 20 years. Laid off now, so I spend all my time watching kids, building computers, messing around with RGB room lighting stuff, ergo issues, etc. When my wife feels pain or has stress from work, I'm the guy to bring it to. 😁
I am not sure what you mean by two levels of surround. Mine has stereo and simulated 7.1.
Mine has three levels of "reverb" off/some/more (personally I never found this helpful or good, completely subjectively)
Mine also has three levels of side tone. off/some/more.
Maybe I could use help with the other surround options. How does one set that up?
Yes, off and then two levels of surround “strength.” You could argue that it relates to room size, but I often preferred just the more moderate + setting because I’m not a huge fan of reverb in all instances. With that said, if the surround effect just sounds like reverb to you, with no improved directional imaging, I can totally understand why you might not like it.
There are no drivers to install, but the first time you plug in the GSX there is a bit of setup. Surround DSPs work best when you feed them a surround signal (like 5.1 or 7.1) otherwise added reverb really is all you get (sometimes, the good DSPs make stereo sound like two speakers in front of you, but if you were expecting surround then your mind quickly gets used to the stereo feed and the stage still ends up sounding flat). After plugging the GSX in, you have to go to windows setup and make sure the “main audio” device is set correctly. There will be TWO GSX options in the menu... make sure the “headset earphone” option is set for “Sennheiser communication audio,” and Window’s “Speakers” option is set for “Sennheiser Main Audio.” Mine was reversed when I first set it up, and it sounded very bad. Then, you want to go to “Speaker Setup” and make sure you select the “7.1 Surround” option. In your PC game, sometimes you have to check settings and makes sure the game is also outputting in 7.1.
After that, the vast majority of people should hear a marked improvement in directional imaging (people’s head and ear shapes can vary drastically, but processing uses a fairly versatile profile), and you can use the GSX’s buttons to easily change to stereo if you want to listen to music or watch YouTube. There’s even some button combo mentioned in the manual for a “high-res mode,” which you might like to check for.
Well, my LED Video lights arrived (they’re the big, barn door panels with tripods, not the little stick-ons or desk mounts), but sadly my 2-light kit only arrived with one light inside 😞
It really bites because I needed to film something YESTERDAY amd I was kind of stretching things to film today. Hopefully I can use lamps to fill in for the short term 😭 Gotta shrug it off and roll with the punches 🤷♂️
Oh I see. Not reels or strands of LED tape, but proper, tripod mounted high intensity video lights. Very nice.
I also do a little photography (stills) and have a couple lights, lenses, etc, but I travel for photography and lately... Family and I haven't been traveling much. So I haven't been doing much photography. Maybe drop starts doing some prime lenses or something?? Hehe
Yes, I miss Drop’s photography community! Unfortunately, their timing never matched up with my fund’s availability or my needs (I like m4/3 and they had a few Olympus drops, but studio lights and other accessories would have been great!).
I may have to return this in exchange for softbox lights, because I’m not getting the look I want... but the incomplete package may make that difficult. 😞